BGL sponsors MAIP’s 13th Annual Awards Luncheon. MAIP presents the Champion of Justice Award to Walter Lomax.

Group photo from MAIP LuncheonBrown, Goldstein & Levy proudly sponsored the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project’s 13th Annual Awards Luncheon, held on June 28, 2022, at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Attendees included BGL attorneys Andrew Freeman, Kobie Flowers, Chelsea Crawford, Neel Lalchandani, Anthony May, and summer law clerks Shilpa Jindia and Madeline Walsh. This year’s luncheon recognized MAIP’s 22 years of preventing and correcting the conviction of innocent people across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

During the luncheon, MAIP presented the Champion of Justice Award to Walter Lomax, who was exonerated in 2014 after spending 39 years in prison for crimes he did not commit. Since his release, Mr. Lomax has worked tirelessly to reform Maryland’s compensation law for exonerees. In April 2021, Governor Larry Hogan signed the Walter Lomax Act into law. The Act sets a standard formula for wrongful imprisonment compensation, multiplying Maryland’s average median income by the total number of days an individual spent in prison.

BGL has a long history of advocating and obtaining significant verdicts and settlements for clients who were arrested without probable cause or who were convicted for crimes they did not commit. We represent exonerees in court throughout their wrongful conviction cases and assist exonerees with their reentry into society. We connect exonerees with necessary services – such as employment opportunities, mental health treatment, and compensation from state agencies separate from their civil rights lawsuits. Read more about our commitment to Maryland’s exonerees here.